April 20th 2014. That was the last time that both Matt Kuchar and Lee Westwood won a professional golf event. 4 years, 6 months, and 21 Days (if my math is right) later they snapped their win less streaks and won on the same day. Westwood captured his 24th European Tour victory by winning the Nedbank Golf Challenge with a final round 64. Lee ran away with the thing leaving the likes Sergio and Louis picking up their drawers. Kuchar snagged his 8th PGA Tour victory in Mexico, hanging onto to win by one shot after heading into the final round with a four stroke lead. He had to make a 3 footer on the last to get the victory, holding off a charging Danny Lee down the stretch. Another cool note, he did it with local looper “El Tucan” on the bag and the victory pushed him over the $45 million career earnings mark.
In the age of “the next big thing” it is refreshing to see two of the elder statesman of the game get victories. I find a lot of irony in the fact that these two in particular shared the same drought. Both players have had great success over their careers and are known for their consistency. Even when they are not winning, they always seem to be in the mix and that says a lot about a player.
Westwood, the more decorated of the two, has had 43 professional wins in his 25 year career and Kuchar has had 14 in his 18 year career. Kuchar has been apart of 4 Ryder Cup teams and Westwood an astounding 10 teams. All of the accolades aside, neither have won a major championship despite a number of close calls. Kuchar has a runner-up, a third and 4 Top-5’s and Westwood, arguably one of the best players to never win a major, has 3 runner ups, 6 3rd place finishes, and 11 Top-5’s. The stats speak for themselves and really show how two guys in their 40’s separated by a large ocean are linked together. Now they will be linked together once more having won on the same day, twice in their careers.
So, here’s to the old guys, the guys you grew up watching, may you continue to have success as you continue into the later part of your careers. Whether that be professional golfers, lawyers, doctors, spouses, parents, kids, etc. the best is always ahead of you and you never know when success will occur. Keep showing the young guys you’ve still got it.